Ola, Idaho applied and received for two loans from the Government to open a cooperative sawmill to save the town from economic ruin. Their efforts paid off and when photographer Russell Lee returned to the town in 1942, the smiles on faces of the citizens of Ola reveal their success.
Lumber from the Ola self-help cooperative is soldOla self-help cooperative. Wife and child of a memberOla self-help cooperative. House of a memberOla self-help cooperative. Children of a member with dolls
Ola self-help cooperative. A member
Cowboy who cares for beef cattle of members of the Ola self-help cooperative Bread rising in the kitchen of a member of the Ola self-help cooperative Ola self-help cooperative – Children and Garden of a member
Young Idaho farmer plowing in the fall of the year while the other members of the Ola self-help sawmill co-op are working in the sawmill. The tractor does work for five member families
Lowell Hall and Homer Nesbit seem to still have this resilient spirit in these films